- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Wilmington area leaders say they are redoubling their efforts to end youth gang violence and will use the courts to do so.

Local media outlets report that law enforcement and elected officials from the city and New Hanover County held a news conference Monday to discuss their efforts.

The development comes after several gang-related shootings in the city in December in which both the victims and those arrested were teens.

The effort will involve more funding and efforts though schools, churches and other groups to fight gangs. Officials also say they will also step up code and sanitation enforcement targeting owners of properties where there is gang activity.

District Attorney Ben David said that may result in seizure of homes, hotels and businesses considered to be public nuisances.

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